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    John Jay got a reaction from noplz in Olympus E-M1X - is it worth $3000?   
    not interesting for video really, same variable bitrate codec as EM1.2. I think maybe Panasonic and Olympus fell out and Panasonic didn't share any new codec.
    Panasonic cameras as so much better IMO, the 10bit ALL-I codec is solid and Panasonic IBIS works better for video (Olympus IBIS warps the edges)
    I do like Olympus f1.2 lenses though, so I do hope Olympus do well
    Olympus should make a compact XT-3 like camera, with a new H265 10bit processor and latest AF performance, that would be nice 
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    John Jay got a reaction from BTM_Pix in EOSHD's best and worst cameras of 2018   
    Nikon Z is to get Prores Raw on NinjaV
    That would put Z6 at number 1 for me 
    Hope that forces Sony and Panasonic to allow raw recording on A7Siii and S1 
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    John Jay got a reaction from Snowbro in EOSHD's best and worst cameras of 2018   
    Nikon Z is to get Prores Raw on NinjaV
    That would put Z6 at number 1 for me 
    Hope that forces Sony and Panasonic to allow raw recording on A7Siii and S1 
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    John Jay got a reaction from Jrsisson in New firmware Panasonic GH5/GH5S autofocus shootout. Does it match the Fujifilm X-T3, Nikon Z7, Sony A7 III and Canon EOS R?   
    Olympus lens looks terrible, it has to hunt for focus without any DFD depth data 
    DFD lens looks way better on my GH5S, I tried a 12/1.4 and 12-60/2.8-4 and AF was smooth.
    This test looks pretty good
     
     
     
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    John Jay got a reaction from webrunner5 in Photokina 2018 Part 1: Panasonic S1 and S1R full frame 4K/60p and Fujifilm GFX 100MP 4K Medium Format. WOW!   
    I don’t get this. Panasonic sell tiny numbers of EVA1, and their market share in mirrorless is tiny,  so you saying Panasonic need to discourage people buying the S1 to protect the EVA1 which is in a totally different category?
    If this S1 isn’t going to be a complete niche flop Panasonic need to go balls out with everything they’ve got to get even 1% of Sony FF business. 
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    John Jay got a reaction from Kisaha in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    AF can cause many spoiled gimbal shots, even canon DPAF can mess up your shot at just the crucial moment.
    You can pre focus and maintain subject distance and get great shots, even with shallow DOF. 
    If you need more leeway, stop down a bit.
     
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    John Jay got a reaction from graphicnatured in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    AF can cause many spoiled gimbal shots, even canon DPAF can mess up your shot at just the crucial moment.
    You can pre focus and maintain subject distance and get great shots, even with shallow DOF. 
    If you need more leeway, stop down a bit.
     
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    John Jay got a reaction from Emanuel in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    AF can cause many spoiled gimbal shots, even canon DPAF can mess up your shot at just the crucial moment.
    You can pre focus and maintain subject distance and get great shots, even with shallow DOF. 
    If you need more leeway, stop down a bit.
     
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    John Jay got a reaction from hansel in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    AF can cause many spoiled gimbal shots, even canon DPAF can mess up your shot at just the crucial moment.
    You can pre focus and maintain subject distance and get great shots, even with shallow DOF. 
    If you need more leeway, stop down a bit.
     
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    John Jay got a reaction from Emanuel in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I compared the 10bit ALL-I on the GH5 with external 10 bit ProresHQ at 400% on a 4K monitor, and the Panasonic codec looked better with finer detail, nicer grain pattern. The prores looked blocky at 400%. 
    I think modern compressed codecs are more sophisticated than Prores and much smaller file size 
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    John Jay got a reaction from JordanWright in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I pre-ordered in UK, only needed £50 deposit at CVP so no big deal even if the camera is delayed. Price is £975 + VAT which seems an absolute bargain if it includes DaVinci studio. I have m43 lenses already so investment is minimal. Should be a fun camera. 
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    John Jay got a reaction from sanveer in NX2 rumors   
    I had a fresh look at some old NX1 files because I can now open them natively in latest Mac OS
    I was astonished at the high quality of the NX1 h265 files, compared to the Edit Ready converted files I used back at the time (I tried every h265 conversion software)
    I think if Mac native h265 had been available at the time the NX1 would have been better received 
    I think all the DR problems, heavy contrast, highlight clipping you often see on NX1 footage is due to bad h265 conversion software,
    the native files look superb on a new High Sierra MacBook Pro
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    John Jay got a reaction from Kisaha in NX2 rumors   
    I had a fresh look at some old NX1 files because I can now open them natively in latest Mac OS
    I was astonished at the high quality of the NX1 h265 files, compared to the Edit Ready converted files I used back at the time (I tried every h265 conversion software)
    I think if Mac native h265 had been available at the time the NX1 would have been better received 
    I think all the DR problems, heavy contrast, highlight clipping you often see on NX1 footage is due to bad h265 conversion software,
    the native files look superb on a new High Sierra MacBook Pro
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    John Jay got a reaction from Beritar in NX2 rumors   
    I had a fresh look at some old NX1 files because I can now open them natively in latest Mac OS
    I was astonished at the high quality of the NX1 h265 files, compared to the Edit Ready converted files I used back at the time (I tried every h265 conversion software)
    I think if Mac native h265 had been available at the time the NX1 would have been better received 
    I think all the DR problems, heavy contrast, highlight clipping you often see on NX1 footage is due to bad h265 conversion software,
    the native files look superb on a new High Sierra MacBook Pro
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    John Jay got a reaction from salim in Panasonic seems to be announcing something "BIG" on December 15   
    his GH5 videos have less camera shake with the GH5 IBIS than his Sony/Canon, so they look better to the average viewer even if the AF isn't as good.
    I agree Panasonic have to fix the AF quickly, even if it means releasing a PDAF GH6 next year. 
    Much as I like the GH5, I need AF for gimbal work so have to use NX1 or A6500.
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    John Jay got a reaction from Marco Tecno in GH4 or NX1 please help me decide   
    I use both.
    GH4 with Panasonic primes and zooms, the 3 Voightlanders 0.95 and the SLR Magic 25mm/0.95 and 35mm/1.4.  I love the GH4. It's quick, easy and reliable to use, compact and lightweight, and superb image quality. You do need to set colour in camera rather than pushing the grade too much. Great quality 4K published on a 1080 timeline. Lovely clean image with a slight filmic grain. I shoot mostly travel, hotel and property videos with it. It's a complete and mature system. I'm very used to the system and the workflow, one take and I know I've got the shot, it's never let me down. You can shoot beautiful work with a GH4, and with a speedbooster and cinema glass you can achieve any look you want. 
    Recently I spent an hour watching NX1 user footage on Vimeo and Youtube, and immediately ordered the NX1 and the 2 pro lenses from the Samsung website. Delivered the next day. Oh boy, this camera is awesome. Image quality exceeds the GH4 in every measure (I only shoot up to 800 iso, I prefer to light the shot if necessary, so I can't judge high iso performance). Autofocus is superb and very useable (I can never use AF successfully on the GH4). The image grades beautifully and the colours are amazing, there's just something special about the image in my view (I tend to drop the saturation a little). Ergonomics are great, like the GH4. The NX1 stabilises better in the hand than the Panasonic (NX1/16-50pro vs GH4/Pan12-35 f2.8). The image detail is mind blowing, you can't distinguish between a 4K frame grab and a 28MP RAW photo file (so long as you're exposing the scene nicely). I can shoot footage on the NX1 I never would have dreamed possible before. The NX1 is my go to camera. 
    I'd go NX1, no doubt.
    Edit: just to add, of course it depends what you're shooting. If I was off tomorrow to Spain for a month shooting villas, I'd take the GH4.  Anything 'creative', I'd go NX1 and pick up some nice vintage glass.
     
     
     
     
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    John Jay got a reaction from studiodc in GH4 or NX1 please help me decide   
    I use both.
    GH4 with Panasonic primes and zooms, the 3 Voightlanders 0.95 and the SLR Magic 25mm/0.95 and 35mm/1.4.  I love the GH4. It's quick, easy and reliable to use, compact and lightweight, and superb image quality. You do need to set colour in camera rather than pushing the grade too much. Great quality 4K published on a 1080 timeline. Lovely clean image with a slight filmic grain. I shoot mostly travel, hotel and property videos with it. It's a complete and mature system. I'm very used to the system and the workflow, one take and I know I've got the shot, it's never let me down. You can shoot beautiful work with a GH4, and with a speedbooster and cinema glass you can achieve any look you want. 
    Recently I spent an hour watching NX1 user footage on Vimeo and Youtube, and immediately ordered the NX1 and the 2 pro lenses from the Samsung website. Delivered the next day. Oh boy, this camera is awesome. Image quality exceeds the GH4 in every measure (I only shoot up to 800 iso, I prefer to light the shot if necessary, so I can't judge high iso performance). Autofocus is superb and very useable (I can never use AF successfully on the GH4). The image grades beautifully and the colours are amazing, there's just something special about the image in my view (I tend to drop the saturation a little). Ergonomics are great, like the GH4. The NX1 stabilises better in the hand than the Panasonic (NX1/16-50pro vs GH4/Pan12-35 f2.8). The image detail is mind blowing, you can't distinguish between a 4K frame grab and a 28MP RAW photo file (so long as you're exposing the scene nicely). I can shoot footage on the NX1 I never would have dreamed possible before. The NX1 is my go to camera. 
    I'd go NX1, no doubt.
    Edit: just to add, of course it depends what you're shooting. If I was off tomorrow to Spain for a month shooting villas, I'd take the GH4.  Anything 'creative', I'd go NX1 and pick up some nice vintage glass.
     
     
     
     
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